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I just think it is the G.M.'s job to manage his payroll .
Yes, for now and the future. Right.
If Bradley is making superstar money six years from now, we just have to economize in other areas.
Well, unlike softy, at least you admit it will likely make a difference 7 years from now.
That is why a good mix of youth and veterans is usually the best way to go.
Yes. I want more youth than you. JBJ for 151 games. Iggy for 150+. Tazawa from day 1. Give Brentz & Linares every chance to make it at some point this year.
Ben is spending about as much on Dempster and Drew this year as the Angels are paying Josh Hamilton. Does that make any sense ?
None of these makes sense.
Will Dempster pitch better than Tazawa or Webster would have ?
No. Not likely.
Or even Aceves ?
Is Drew even needed , when we have Iglesias and Ciriaco ?
No, and that is why I would have preferred signing A Sanchez instead of Dempster, Drew, SV and Papi. He'd help us more than the diffferentials between Drew/Iggy, SV/Bradley, and Papi/Gomes-Nava in the now, and he'd still be here, in his prime, long after these guys are gone and dofrgotten.
If you are worried about needing a one year stop gap , it would have been cheaper to keep Aviles.
You have not been reading my posts. I have wanted Iggy as our starting SS since ST 2012.
Anyway , so much can happen in the next six years. It is premature to start thinking that far ahead.
It's absurd to totally write off the 7 year future. It's not as far away as you think.
As far as the Sox having a chance to win it all this year; who knows ? The AL East looks up for grabs. If we put our best nine on the field and things fall into place, I think we have a chance. If you get to the post season , anything can happen.
False. If we squeek in, we have as much chance of winning as Florida Gulf Coast University.
Plus, 11 more games by JBJ instead of Gomes/Nava is highly likely to not make the difference between making the playoffs or not.
- I absolutely disagree that we have no chance. There is a lot of talent here. Of course , things have to fall into place. Guys like Ortiz , Ellsbury and Napoli have to stay healthy and productive. That is asking a lot , but it is possible. Lester and Buchholz have to fulfill their potential and become dominant starters. That is also possible. Salty has big time power. He needs to make contact more often. Again , possible. We have a strong and deep bullpen. Always important. Pedroia is a constant. But what can really make the difference is the infusion of youth . We have an exciting young shortstop in Iglesias. The probable rookie of the year in Bradley and an emerging slugger in Middlebrooks. A decent bench, with plenty of depth at Pawtucket to help when needed. And , apparently , a much improved attitude and enthusiasm. You should not be so willing to completely discount our chances.
Our chances for a ring hinge on our pitching. Exactly THREE teams in the past 100 years have won a ring with below average pitching. Our ERA was 12th in the AL last year. I am not sure how we improved our pitching so much that we will now finish in the top half of the AL so as to have a reasonable chance for a ring this year. Maybe you guys who think that this team has improved by more than 13 wins this year can let me know how we have done so. I am satisfied with 13 wins as long as Cherington makes the right moves to improve our chances to compete for a ring in a couple of years.
Lester will improve up to 6+ games
Bush will improve up to 6+ games
The remaining 3, if healthy will improve up to 10+ (I know the SR with these 3 is a big ?????. Tough to predict just how it shakes out, but I think +10 is not at all unrealistic, given the rediculous hodgepodge of misfits plugging holes in that SR last year.)
Our BP is much improved!
Our chemistry is drastically improved
Ells is healthy!
Middy is healthy!
Pedey is healthy!
Doubie should have longer legs
We just might have one of the best OF's in mlb IF..........
JBJ is added to the starting lineup.
Without Papi, this kid is really our only hope! I honestly believe that. Otherwise, it's truly throw in the white towel time......
RSDD, I applaud your optimism. Respectfully, however, I see this as wishful thinking. I wish it would happen too. I cannot see Lester AND Buch improving six games each, and as you said the rest of the rotation is a big ??. The bullpen has yet to prove themselves, even though on paper they look good. Relief pitchers are a huge crapshoot; we do not know how they will perform. Finally, assuming good health is a mistake. Every team gets injuries. Lester or Buch could easily get injured-in fact, I think its safer to COUNT on one of them missing some time this year rather than counting on them to remain healthy.
Thirteen games is a very large improvement. That brings us to .500. Its a step in the right direction and if Cherington makes some good moves by the trade deadline we should be in good shape in two years. This is a long term problem (the annual degradation of the pitching performance) and it will require a long term fix.